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Bengal remembers film maestro Satyajit Ray
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Bengal remembers film maestro Satyajit Ray

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Kolkata, May 2: More than two decades after his death, Bengal today remembered legendary film maestro and Oscar winner Satyajit Ray on his 98th birth anniversary. Two decades since his death, Ray still continues to inspire the young generation of film makers, both in India and abroad. Ray's talent was not, however, limited to the arena of direction of films, he also carved a niche for himself in the fields of art, music and literature. Ray has enhanced Indian culture through decades and influenced millions of young minds across generations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee remembered legendary filmmaker on the occasion.

“Maharaja Tomare Selam… Fondly remembering Satyajit Ray, legendary filmmaker, on his birth anniversary,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page. To mark this day, actor Prosenjit Chatterjee in a tweet said, “Tribute to the legend who has inspired almost all generations of filmmakers across the globe, till date.” State Tourism Minister Gautam Deb tweeted, “Paying respectful homage to the ace film director, story teller, composer, artist- a versatile genius of every field Satyajit Ray on his birth anniversary.”

Numerous admirers and fans of Satyajit Ray gathered at his Bishop Lefroy Road residence here on Thursday to pay tribute to the legendary filmmaker on occasion of his 98th birth anniversary. According to Ray's son Sandip Ray, the excitement among the film enthusiasts and youngsters to get a glimpse of the collection of works by the Academy Award winning director was remarkable, like every year. Meanwhile, Priya Entertainments Pvt Ltd will organise a special screening of iconic Bengali film Goopy Gyne Bagha Baine on the occasion.

The screening will be preceded by a panel discussion on Ray with film personalities at 1915 hours at Priya Cinema Hall. Ray directorial Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, a fantasy, adventure, comedy film, was released in 1969. The film was based on a story by Ray's grandfather Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury. Born in Calcutta on this day in 1921, Ray belonged to a family that had produced some of the best talents that Bengali literature, particularly for the children, had seen. Ray started his career as a commercial artist. He joined a British-run advertising agency, D.J. Keyer, in April 1943. He worked for 13 years as a junior visualiser there.

The ace filmmaker rose to fame with his debut movie Pather Pachali, winning 11 international awards. With movies like Aparajito and Apur Sansar, he cemented his place in global cinema. Besides being an eminent filmmaker known for classics like "The Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur Sansar", "Charulata", "Teen Kanya", "Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne" and many others, Ray was also a remarkable screenwriter, calligrapher, music composer and author, most notably of the Feluda mystery series.

Ray is regarded as an auteur, and donned multiple hats, including that of a music director, screen play writer, alongside directing his movies. Ray had directed 36 films, some of which received international acknowledgement and he was awarded the Honorary Oscar in 1992 for Lifetime Achievement He was awarded India's highest civilian award, The Bharat Ratna in 1992, the year of his demise. Ray died on April 23, 1992. UNI